Lewy's records, a birthday and two reunions
Robert Lewandowski made footballing history in the last Bundesliga encounter between FC Bayern and VfL Wolfsburg. The FCB striker only needed eight minutes and 59 seconds for his historic five-goal haul, setting a string of new records. fcbayern.dehas delved into more facts and stats in the build-up to Saturday's top clash.
Happy Birthday, FC Bayern!
The record champions celebrate their 116th anniversary on Saturday. Since winning promotion to the Bundesliga, FCB have played seven games on 27 February, winning the lot – most recently the 4-1 success against FC Köln last year.
Positive record against Wolfsburg
The German record champions and the cup holders have crossed swords in 43 competitive fixtures so far, and the record could hardly be better for the Reds! The impressive yield: 32 wins and only four defeats from a Bayern point of view, with seven games ending in a draw. But beware! All four losses and six of the seven draws took place away to Wolfsburg. The men from Munich won the last meeting in Lower Saxony, a 3-1 cup victory over the Wolves in October 2015.
Wolfsburg strong at home
The Wolves have taken 31 points in this season's Bundesliga campaign, and their yield was far greater at home. Dieter Hecking's troops amassed 24 points, making them the fourth-best home team in the Bundesliga.
Lewandowski made history when he netted five times in the reverse fixture. It was the fastest hat-trick, the fastest four-goal haul and the fastest five-goal haul in Bundesliga history! In addition, Lewandowski is the only sub in league history to score more than three. Wolfsburg seem to be Lewandowksi's second-favourite opponents: in ten Bundesliga encounters he has netted nine times. He has only scored more often against Freiburg with 10 goals.
FCB strong after CL fixtures
Munich have won all six Bundesliga matches following a Champions League encounter this season, scoring 20 and conceding just one goal. The only time a player put one past netminder Manuel Neuer was in the 5-1 victory over arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Meeting old friends on Saturday
Many Bayern pros are in for a reunion with former team-mates in Lower Saxony. Brazilians Dante (2012-15) and Luiz Gustavo (2011-2013) once played for FCB, winning the historic treble in the 2012/13 season with the Bavarians.
Gräfe in charge
Manuel Gräfe is the man with the whistle for the encounter between the German champions and last season's runners-up. The 42-year old sports scientist from Berlin has previously taken charge of 33 Bundesliga fixtures involving the Reds, most recently the 1-0 victory away to Hannover in December. Gräfe has overseen three Bayern matches away to Wolfsburg, and the record is positive with two draws and one win from a Bayern point of view.